GOLDEN, Colo., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Atna Resources Ltd. ("Atna" or the "Company") (TSX:ATN / OTCQB:ATNAF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a US$22.0 million credit facility agreement (the "Agreement") with Waterton Precious Metals Fund II Cayman, LP ("Waterton"). Atna will use this new credit facility to repay the outstanding amount of approximately C$18.1 million owing to Sprott Resource Lending Partnership ("Sprott") under the Company's existing secured credit facility and for general working capital purposes.
"This new facility extends our debt-service period through January 2016 when a balloon payment will be due. This will allow Atna to service its debt from internally generated cash flow and positions the Company to benefit from a stronger gold market," states James Hesketh, President & CEO.
Cheryl Brandon, Partner, Investment Management at Waterton Global, stated, "The Waterton Global Precious Metals facility strengthens Atna's balance sheet and provides the Company with additional financial flexibility. We look forward to working with Atna and building a strong relationship with the management team as they continue to develop their US project portfolio."
Under the terms of the Agreement, the credit facility is a non-revolving, senior secured facility, that bears interest at a coupon-rate of 10% per annum and matures on the earlier of (i) the date that is 24 months following the date of the Agreement (or if the facility has been accelerated in the event of a default, the date on which Waterton demands repayment), and (ii) the date all amounts owing under the credit facility are voluntarily or mandatorily prepaid in full, without a repayment penalty. On the maturity date, Atna will pay to Waterton (i) a cash fee equal to 5% of the credit facility, and (ii) if the payment date occurs on or after the first anniversary of the date of the Agreement, Atna will pay an additional cash fee equal to 5% of the credit facility less any prepayments made during the first 12 months of the Agreement. As consideration for structuring the credit facility, Atna paid to Waterton a cash structuring fee of USD$440,000 and, after receipt of approval from the TSX, issued to Waterton 10,000,000 common-share purchase-warrants (the "Lender Warrants"). Each Lender Warrant entitles Waterton to acquire one common share of the Company at an exercise price of CDN$0.25 per common share for a period of three years following the issue date. The Lender Warrants will be subject to a four-month hold period in Canada.
For additional information on Atna Resources please visit our website at www.atna.com.
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements," as defined in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, including statements relating to the use of proceeds of the credit facility. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical fact. They are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management's beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change, unless required by law. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include: the Company might encounter problems such as the significant depreciation of metals prices; accidents and other risks associated with mine development and production operations; the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors; the Company's need for and ability to obtain additional financing; the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company's exploration and development programs; and the other risk factors discussed in greater detail in the Company's various filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) with Canadian securities regulators and its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's 2012 Form 20-F dated March 21, 2013.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
James Hesketh, President and CEO - (303) 278-8464
Valerie Kimball, Investor Relations - toll free (877) 692-8182
SOURCE Atna Resources Ltd.